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Our new Board of Directors  

Anne Lanigan, President  

Anne Lanigan is Regional Director, Europe, for Enterprise Ireland, the Irish trade and innovation agency. Based in Amsterdam, she is responsible for Enterprise Ireland’s activities across their 11 offices in Europe, which are focused on increasing export growth into these markets. Since joining Enterprise Ireland in 2003, she has held a number of management positions, including Director, Japan, and Head of Brexit Unit. A mechanical engineer by training, Anne spent 18 years in the private sector before joining Enterprise Ireland.  

Anton Buttigieg, Vice-President

Anton is Chief Executive Officer at TradeMalta, Malta’s trade promotion organisation. He has held this position since TradeMalta’s inception in 2015 as a public-private partnership between the Government of Malta and the Malta Chamber of Commerce. Under his leadership, the organisation has actively promoted business and internationalisation opportunities to extend Malta’s reach to new markets in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. An economics graduate, Anton held various senior managerial posts in the private sector before joining TradeMalta. 

Jan Offner

Jan Offner is the Economic and Commercial Counsellor for the Flanders Region at the Belgian Permanent Representation to the EU. Since 1997, he has been advising Belgian companies about growing their business overseas. His past experience includes positions in Dallas, Chicago, New York, Stuttgart, Paris, London and Brussels. Prior to his career in government, he managed the international operations of a US-based environmental engineering company in the water sector. He holds a degree in business administration from the University of Ghent and a master’s degree in international marketing from the University of Alabama. 

Vasso Kyrkou

Vasso is the General Director of Communications, Marketing & Stakeholder Relations at Enterprise Greece, where she has worked for more than 20 years. An experienced communications professional, Vasso has an extensive track record of designing and implementing international stakeholder engagement and communication strategies. Prior to joining Enterprise Greece, Vasso served in various communication roles in the private sector, mainly related to shipping, IT and education. She is also currently Vice President of the ANIMA Investment Network.

Marta Valero

Marta is an economist and trade expert, currently working as Director of Institutional and Business Cooperation at Spain’s trade and investment promotion organisation ICEX. She has extensive experience in the field of internationalisation and export finance. Before joining ICEX, Marta held various posts at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism and at the Ministry of Economy. With an academic background specialised in economics and international trade, Marta has also completed studies in corporate governance and financial sustainability.